Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Added 3 more plants to my list

Added to my list:

yerba mate - Ilex paraguariensis


moringa -Moringa oleifera

If a person had all these plants, I wonder if you could get them to bloom at different times of the year. Probably with grow lights. Then you could always have fresh highly nutritious fruits almost free all year.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Tobacco seeds are coming up

I have about 5 shoots again. They are so tiny. They came up a little faster this time, because it is warmer I believe, although the nights are still cool here in northern Oregon.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Got my Goji seeds today

They are kind of red, maybe stained from the berry. I planted 9 seeds. The amount of nutrients they have is incredible. It will be so great to just pick some fresh off of my tree. Until a couple of years from now, have to be satisfied with dried Goji berry.

Luckily you can buy some here.

Hoodini Gordoni

Still waiting for my Hoodini Gordoni seeds.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Planted a Ginkgo seed and more tobacco

Finally, back to planting. I'm really not set up for this. Have no place to work except out on a little deck or down in the garage. And no place good to keep the planted seeds. My room in the basement hardly gets any sun. I suppose I will have to get some grow lights.

I think if I can grown these plants. Anyone will be able to. Planted Ginkgo Biloba with some sand in the potting soil and planted more tobacco seeds. No way of telling how many tobacco seeds; they are like dust.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Free online books about growing plants and other things

Here are a lot of free online books about growing plants and back to the farm agriculture. Even though some are quite old, they are still useful.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

This site sells lots of tropical plants

This is a nice site. They have some of the plant seeds I want. If I can't find them on eBay, I will buy some here. Surprisingly lots of what we consider tropical plants are somewhat cold tolerant, because they are from the mountains. From personal experience, I know how cold the mountains can be in tropical countries. If I had property in any southern state, I would buy some and plant outside.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Plants I want in my collection of useful houseplants

This is a list of all the plants I want in my useful houeplant collection eventually.

acai fruit - Euterpe oleracea or -Euterpe precatoria-
acerola Malpighia glabra
Aloe vera
baobab - looks strange
cacao - Theobroma cacao
camu-camu - Myrciaria dubia
Chac - Momordica cochinchinensis
Chia -Salvia hispanica
cloves - Syzygium aromaticum
coconut - Cocos nucifera - indoor palm dwarf
date palm
Dong Quai
galangal -
ginkgo biloba
goji berry Lycium barbarum
Graviola (guanabana) - Annona muricata
guarana - angelica sinensis ? Paullinia cupana
hippophae and elaeagnus
hoodia gordonii
kava kava - Piper methysticum
luffa gourd
maca - Lepidium meyenii
mangosteen - Garcinia mangostana L
moringa -Moringa oleifera
neem -azadirchin indica
rosehips - Rosa canina -Rosa rugosa
voacanga seed
Yacon (Polymnia sanchifolia)
yerba mate - Ilex paraguariensis

Friday, June 10, 2005

Got sand?

The instructions for the Gingko Biloba seeds said to plant them in sandy loam soil. I bought some sand to add to my potting soil. Hope that is okay. I think it is finally starting to warm up a little, so I must get going with all my seeds and planting my tobacco again.

Also needed sand, because I want to experiment with Bonsai a little. They say you need some sand to make the soil a little heavier for a Bonsai tree. There are lots of little maple trees growing around here. Thought I would start them in little dishes and see what happens.

Found the sand at a Fred Meyer store. They seem to have everything a person needs. Looked first at K-mart. They are the pits. The garden part of the store was locked up. I don't blame them actually, as the store was practically empty on a Tuesday night.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Bought Hoodia Gordonii and Goji Berry seeds

I bought Hoodia Gordonii and Goji Berry seeds on eBay. Both are rather scarce. So I wanted to get them as soon as possible. The Hoodia Gordonii is an African cactus that is supposed to be an appetite suppressant. It takes years to mature, the better to get started now.

Goji Berry seeds are supposed to be very high in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants strengthening the immune system. This berry can actually be grown outside in temperate zones, because it is from the Himalayas. I can't wait to get started with this one.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Plant again

I need to plant my tobacco plants again. My little granddaughter tore out the plants from the pot. They were not doing much of anything, were still really tiny. Probably because it's been so cold here. Heard on the news that this year has been the coldest spring in the Northwest since 1982.

But in any case my granddaughter obliterated them. Now I know I will have to keep them always out of her reach. I was trying to give them a little more light on the table, but growing probably has more to do with temperature than light. We only had about three days when the temperature went above 70.